How to Get Dressed

How to Get Dressed

A Costume Designer's Secrets for Making your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing

eBook - 2015
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Costume designer and XOJane fashion columnist Alison Freer provides real-world, no-BS style advice [covering] everything a girl could need to know: from determining if your clothes are fitting properly to how to care for, maintain, and keep your garments organized--plus what to do when the inevitable fashion disaster strikes
Publisher: New York : Ten Speed Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781607747079
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Kuo, Julia
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SPL_Melanie Dec 08, 2017

Surprisingly full of useful content -- how to get your clothes fitted to you (by a tailor or drycleaners, as she recommends, but also great info if you can sew yourself) -- how to 'curate' your clothing, care for it, plan your wardrobe and so forth.

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Cassalily
Oct 06, 2017

I expected this book to be at least somewhat kitschy, but it's a surprisingly useful book, with manual-like functionality after the intro.

Freer is casual and friendly while being very real, and offers very solid, usable advice. These are not momentary relief strategies that are not wearable after an extended period of time. While I don't agree with every piece of advice she offers--for example, I'm not a big fan of safety pinning places that I worry I may accidentally open and stab myself with)--there is a lot of good, workable knowledge here.

She doesn't feel at all like she's trying to sell you anything, even the fashion world, (though maybe tailoring services as an industry, and one can always pick up an alterations book to supplement if you like) and she's one of the very few writers of similar topics I've ever found to truly speak like she's just your talented friend giving you a quality crash course. She's also very open about styles and being as unique (or not!) as you like, likely because her work focuses so much on displaying characters from all walks, not just runway models, blockbuster productions, or even the Very-Relatable-But-Stylish-Blogger-Fashionista. She describes herself as a bit of a rebel, but in no way implies that you have to be, only that you needn't be hemmed in by traditional yet arbitrary limits.

A great read. I was particularly fond of the friendly approach to creating one's own style, her guide on how to determine if something REALLY fits, as well as the helpful laundry tips for making sure your clothing looks good even after you've worn it more than a few times.

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